Picture it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the stove turns on to cook dinner. The air conditioner is notified and adjusts the temperature down to deliver more cool air to counteract the oven’s added heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you walk in, dinner is prepared, and your home is at a comfortable temperature.
That’s the goal! And also the kind of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be a pivotal year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.
“Smart phones radically changed our lives in part because they allowed thousands of apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be focusing on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”
Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy use and regular maintenance such as filter changes. Future systems could even be able to recognize a potential equipment failure before it happens and notify your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and schedule a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with the knowledge about the problem and the needed parts to repair it.
Another on-the-drawing-board vision is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will determine which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually direct heating and cooling specifically to those areas.
“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the HVAC industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will focus on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to improve comfort and energy efficiency.”
And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials buy their homes, they want their home systems like heating and cooling to not only do what they are told, but to track and adjust themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those implications of their heating and air conditioning systems.”
While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a good time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Right now many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you buy an air conditioning system. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coolest time of the year. Call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare in Kitchener today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your furnace is ready to keep you warm and cozy all winter long.